Entertaining brian Wilson at BMI Awards
LEFSETZ LETTERS "Brian’s sitting there in isolation. Speaking to no one. Staring into the distance. I didn’t want to let Doreen down. I got halfway out of my seat and told him I was planning to do a podcast on semi-obscure Beach Boys cuts the very next day. Wanting to show my pedigree, I told him my number one favorite was Carl’s 'Girl Don’t Tell Me'. I figured this would elicit a sparkle in his eye. But not getting a rise, I went on to say I would also play Dennis’ 'Angel Come Home'. There was palpable evidence of excitement, but no conversation. So I dropped a name, of a friend whom I’d gotten a job working as the marketing person on the 'Smile' project. There was a hint of recognition, but once again, no conversation ensued. So I brought out the big gun. I told Brian the reason I lived in California was because of the Beach Boys. Their music made me believe the west coast offered a better life. That I told everybody this. And I do. But we just couldn’t catch fire."